I will say, when in France, try to speak the language. Learn some simple, basic communication words, like hello, thank you, where is the Louvre, you will quack it up(unless you speak French), but the effort you put forward trying to speak their language will do a lot with interactions of French people and they will respect you for that. Learn how to pronounce des Champs-Élysées, one of the main avenues in Paris. French love it when we quack up that name.
The farther north I went in Quebec the less people wanted to speak English. I went without warning. Got a phone call, packed my bags and was on a Greyhound in under 4 hours. I never took the time to learn any French. I was literally reduced to pointing and hand gestures. This will not happen this time.
Also, do not look for ice. Most restaurants do not carry ice for your drinks, drink it warm, get use to it. In London, the food sucks, it does, Fish n' Chips are good, but other than a few treats the over all food experience is lacking, but who goes to London for the food?
I figured as much. I've got a list of places I want to eat and have Chef getting me recommendations and possibly some invites from other chef's in London/Paris. I'm pretty stoked on that.
Oh, and in churches: shorts and tank tops are kind of no-nos however you look. But short-sleeves and pants should be fine, even with visible tats. (Edited because I thought you were female when I first wrote that. . .)
I'm sure that some people on here can argue that you're right.
Thanks for all that info. Much appreciated. It's little things like that I worry about.
Yeah, it originally said dresses and skirts would be appropriate. . .